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Extreme fundraising to save Watts' home and studio, Limnerslease in Compton

PUBLISHED: 15:55 11 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:50 20 February 2013

Extreme fundraising to save Watts' home and studio, Limnerslease in Compton

Extreme fundraising to save Watts' home and studio, Limnerslease in Compton

An intrepid team of Surrey swimmers will attempt to cross the Solent to save Limnerslease, the Compton home and studio of GF and Mary Watts, this September.

Photos: Watts Gallery Archive

An intrepid team of Surrey swimmers will attempt to cross the Solent to save Limnerslease, the Compton home and studio of GF and Mary Watts, this September.


Led by Perdita Hunt, director of Watts Gallery, this gruelling three-mile swim in one of the busiest stretches of water on the South Coast aims to raise funds to rescue the only 19th-century artists studio with its collection still intact.


Watts Gallery Trust has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy the remarkable Grade II listed Arts & Crafts building, which is currently at risk of being sold.


We are swimming to save a vital part of our national heritage and to help young people learn skills which will transform their lives, says Perdita.


Funds raised through sponsorship for the swim on Sunday September 23 will help restore the studios, offer more learning to schools, reach out to disadvantaged groups and offer paid apprenticeships to local people not in education, employment or training.


The Solent has significance, as GF Watts had close associations with the Isle of Wight having built a house there to be near his friend, the poet laureate, Lord Tennyson.



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